Grant Morrison and Jim Lee's Wildcats has been pushed back to October 4th, which is quite disappointing. On the plus side Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men is out today -- a book that has seen big improvements in recent issues. Overall the book is too conservative -- this makes sense because Whedon was brought on to "fix" Morrison's audacious but ultimately failed run. I remember when it was announced that Whedon and Cassaday's run would only be 12 issues. When they went for 24, I think some of the story got thrown together quickly -- much of the Danger Room plot was below par for Whedon. This is not a guy who lifts weak ideas from Terminator 3 (killer lady robot with a shape shifting hand) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (the holodeck goes crazy) on a regular basis; and we already had a much better done "darker"' Xavier in Millar's Ultimate X-Men. Not that those issues didn't have their moments, but, as I said, under par for Whedon. With this Hellfire club stuff he seems to be firing on all cylinders again, and John Cassaday -- thank god -- has returned to drawing backgrounds as well, which is nice to see.
Testament is also out today, and Marvel and DC's December solicits are up at Newsarama. Review. Recommend. Discuss.